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AMA Publishes Updated Code of Medical Ethics for Contemporary Medicine

For immediate release:
Jan 23, 2017
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CHICAGO – Completely updated after an eight-year modernization project, a revised edition of the Code of Medical Ethics is available from the American Medical Association (AMA) in hardcover or e-book. The revised edition contains ethical guidance improved for relevance, clarity and consistency to help physicians keep pace with emerging demands they face with new technologies, changing patient expectations and shifting health care priorities.

The Code of Medical Ethics has played a central role as medicine’s authoritative guide to professional values and responsibilities since it was created by the AMA in 1847. Much in medicine has changed in170 years, but this founding document – the first uniform code of ethics of its kind – still is the basis of an explicit social contract between physicians and their patients.

“The new edition of the Code of Medical Ethics will remain a useful and effective resource that physicians can continue to rely on, while remaining faithful to the virtues of fidelity, humanity, loyalty, tenderness, confidentiality and integrity that are enshrined in the original Code,” said AMA Past President Steven J. Stack, M.D.

Packed with clear, concise direction for the ethical practice of medicine, the Code of Medical Ethics is regularly cited as the medical profession’s authoritative voice in legal opinions, medical journals and news outlets. It is an essential companion for all medical students and physicians.

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To request a review copy of the Code of Medical Ethics, please contact:

AMA Media and Editorial
Phone: (312) 464-4430
Email: [email protected]

About the AMA
The American Medical Association is the premier national organization dedicated to empowering the nation’s physicians to continually provide safer, higher quality, and more efficient care to patients and communities. For more than 165 years the AMA has been unwavering in its commitment to using its unique position and knowledge to shape a healthier future for America. For more information, visit www.ama-assn.org.

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